If you didn’t see The New York Times Sunday issue (September 4,2011) there is a short piece in the Style Section on Steven Tiller, a founder of SeaVees sneakers. Well, it seems that Stevie was driving to work in Southern California recently and heard on NPR that the Peace Corps was turning 50. So, Steve and his business partner, Derek Galkin, began to look through old photos of Peace Corps Volunteers to see What Was On Their Feet!
What was on their feet were narrow plimsolls, a canvas and rubber sneaker…we all wore them in the ’60s.
So, Steve said, “The idea was to go back in time, re-imagine these shoes, and hopefully make them cooler.”
The result is a sneaker, in salt-washed canvas, that has a contrasting suede stripe around its rims and a vintage look. Steve says that a donation will be made to the Peace Corps for each pair sold at seavee.com and jcrew.com. The Volunteer plimsoll is $76.
Hey, Steve, give your donations to www.peacecorpsfund.org that supports Third Goal Projects by RPCVs and come as our guest to the Peace Corps Bash in Washington, D.C. on September 24, 2011, at George Washington University Smith Center. And bring your sneakers! We’ll set up a table and you can sell your new shoes.